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East Meadow Residents Express Frustration After Nine Days Without Power

As of Tuesday night, more than 3,000 customers remained without power, according to Long Island Power Authority.

Thousands of East Meadow residents still remain without power nine days after Hurricane Sandy devastated Long Island.

Many commented on the East Meadow Patch Facebook page on Tuesday night, expressing their anger and frustration.

Jaime Hoereth McQuillian called the situation a "disgrace."

"I haven't seen one LIPA truck in my area and burglaries are on the rise," she said. "Shame on all the leaders of this jurisdiction for not being our voice!"

In the last couple of days, East Meadow residents have been flocking to local eateries and to the public library for hot meals, WiFi, power and warmth.

"The power situation is ridiculous," Keith Gramlich said. "LIPA charges the highest rates anywhere and delivers the worst service."

On Tuesday morning, it was announced by the school district that schools were set to reopen on Wednesday, but parents said that children will still come home to dark houses and won't be able to do their schoolwork if the situation continues.

"My daughter already said to me, "how am I supposed to focus when I know you're home alone with no power and then no power for home work,'" Victoria Collins Lodise said. "We were told three days ago that someone was coming out to our area. I'm hanging by a thread right now."

"A lot of the East Meadow children are returning home to no power, no heat, no hot water, no food," Eileen Frize Napolitano said.

Residents said that they were told that workers would come to their areas and did not and that with temperatures dropping and the possibility of another storm coming, the problem needs to be fixed right away.

"East Meadow has been forgotten and its time we get back on track," Hoereth McQuillian said.

Bill Alderman November 07, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Some people NEED to contact our elected officials like Norma Gonsalves, Gary Hudes, Etc, etc immediately and get them to exact pressure on LIPA management to get us up and running again. They should be OUR voices. And they NEED to make sure we are HEARD. Before it gets worse and something happens that cannot be fixed, repaired or replaced!
Frank T November 07, 2012 at 06:17 PM
There are still many sections of the neighborhood that have no power. If you walk down one block there may be power but across the street another block is out. LIPA is aware of where the problems are but are not sending out workers to fix the lines. Keep calling LIPA, Norma, Hudes, Mangano and Murray. They may not answer phones but it's all we could do to put pressure on them.
unknownauthor November 07, 2012 at 10:56 PM
can someone please tell me how you've been able to "talk" to lipa. I always get a recording never a person. can someone post the number for a live lipa rep?
unknownauthor November 07, 2012 at 10:59 PM
we need to organize a demonstration. they are ignoring our phone calls-we should show up en masse at town hall and refuse to leave until we get help.
Ridha November 08, 2012 at 07:36 PM
I am on Bernice drive I have no power for 11 days now its freezing and no hot water plus we have midterms in college and teachers aspect is to study when there is no way to focus . Lipa told me so many times that they can't do anything only put a note into the account . I hate how they don't send there crews quicker they should hire electricians from other states who doesn't have a job would be happy to help .. Since they can't really take care of the job on there own !!!!!!!!!!:(


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